Detroit Cops Crack Down On YNS Gang

(DETROIT, MI) – Five members of a northwest Detroit street gang, Young and Skantless or YNS, have been indicted on various racketeering offenses in a federal superseding indictment. The charges are the result of the Detroit One initiative, a collaborative effort between law enforcement and the community to reduce violent crime in Detroit.

The indictment charges five YNS members with a variety of crimes including a murder, robberies that turned into murders, shootings, a home invasion, arson, and narcotics distribution.

  • Corey Toney, 36, of Detroit, is charged with RICO conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance
  • Edward Tavorn, 30, of Detroit, is charged with RICO conspiracy and felon in possession of a firearm.
  • Andre Chattam, 27, of Detroit, is charged with RICO conspiracy, murder in aid of racketeering, and use and carry of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence causing death.
  • Kevin Pearson, 25, of Detroit, is charged with RICO conspiracy, murder in aid of racketeering, and use and carry of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence causing death.
  • Sontez Wells, 23, of Detroit, is charged with murder in aid of racketeering, and use and carry of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence causing death.

According to the facts alleged in the indictment, the defendants were members and associates of YNS, a criminal organization that operates in northwest Detroit, specifically the Brightmoor neighborhood.

The indictment alleges that YNS purposefully developed a reputation for ruthless violence in order to facilitate the successful commission of crimes by YNS members and associates.

The indictment further alleges that the gang has become known as the most dangerous group in Brightmoor, and one of the most dangerous in the city of Detroit, by engaging in various violent acts including seeking to intimidate, injure, and kill rival drug dealers to eliminate competition, attempting to instill fear in the community in order to discourage cooperation with police and witnesses from reporting YNS-related crime, and posting numerous intimidating photographs and videos to social media.

The charges and allegations contained in the indictment are merely accusations. The defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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